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GARY GILSON ’57 PERFORMS HIS ONE-MAN SHOW
Two dates set for the NEW VERSION of Gary Gilson's storytelling show —
“You Don’t Have To Be Jewish . . . But It Couldn’t Hurt!” —
Sabes Jewish Community Center in St. Louis Park. Sept. 19 and 20.
Tickets, at $20, online:
Excerpt from a review by the veteran critic Jeremy Iggers:
“Gilson has great comic timing, but he does more than tell jokes. Over the course of the show, Gilson strung together poignant family stories, entertaining anecdotes about his encounters with Hollywood and Broadway show biz celebrities, and even a few basic Yiddish lessons. Gilson comes across as not just a very funny guy but also a real mensch—one of the words he defines in his Yiddish lesson. The musical accompaniment by pianist Phil Aaron and saxophone/clarinet player Dale Mendenhall hit just the right notes, evoking the sounds and the mood of bygone eras.”
* Great new stories added since sold-out show at Humor Festival.
* PEOPLE OF ALL BACKGROUNDS respond to this memoir-and-humor show
with lots of laughter, nostalgia and — sometimes — tears.
Listen to Maureen S., of Colorado Springs: “I’m Catholic, and I laughed
so hard I was crying. I recognized my own family in those stories.”
Many photos and live music support the themes.
* Gary’s father was a carny; Mom’s family filled with showbiz folk.
* Gary had a long TV career in N.Y., L.A. (5 Emmy Awards) and the Twin
Cities, working with zanies, geniuses and frauds. All fodder for great
* Gary has continued to develop the show with the goal of doing benefits
for charitable organizations, with a very enthusiastic response.
Performances at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, and Sunday, Sept. 20 Directions to the JCC at: www.sabesjcc.org Free parking.